Chair’s report Conferences and other events: – Endorsement of metaphor workshop, 2009 Corpus Linguistics conference, University of Liverpool, UK. – RaAM8 in Amsterdam: efficient co-ordination and effective communication between the local organisers and the EC. Public benefit: – funding for student bursaries to attend the 2010 conference. – Support for pre-conference tutorials. – Early Career Research Paper Prize; PhD Conference Prize. Communications: – Two newsletters – Launch of RaAM blog – Facebook site, currently for student members – Journal discounts: substantial discounts negotiated for members on Metaphor & Symbol and Metaphor and the Social World
Moving forwards... RaAM has pursued its constitutional objectives – to advance the study of metaphor, with a commitment to the application of metaphor research to real world issues; – to encourage the development of rigorous research methods for the study of metaphor in real world contexts; – to foster interdisciplinary collaboration in this area of study. RaAM achieved legal status as a charitable trust in 2006 and is registered with the UK Charity Commission – support for good governance and quality assurance for the membership; – constitution; – clear procedures for business; – accountability to the membership. Efficient, workable guidelines and procedures established for finance, membership, communications and events.
The EC has developed efficient ways of working. Annually alternating conferences and specialist seminars – RaAM endorsment of workshops at other conferences – Procedures for bidding The RaAM website
Overview of income and expenditure: 5 th April 2009 – 4 th April 2010 The amount carried over from 2008-9 was £8,172 At the end of the 2009-10 financial year (5 th April 2009 - 4th April, 2010) RaAM finances stood at £8,149 This figure included £5018 in the savings account and £3128 in the current account
Income and Expenditure for Financial Year 2009-2010 Income £3,975 Expenditure £3,998 Balance inc/exp’re - £23
Breakdown of Income Membership fees £3972 Interest on savings £3
Income and expenditure since the end of the last financial year (Between 4 th April and 8 th June 2010) Income Surplus from Amsterdam workshop: £2207 Membership fees: £1860 Expenditure Student bursaries for RaAM 2010: £938 Accommodation pre-conference workshop speakers: £463 EC expenses: £16 Current balance: £10,741
Future Income Membership fees RaAM conferences and workshops
Membership Fees One year’s senior membership: £35 Two year’s senior membership: £60 One year’s membership for students or retired: £20 Two year’s membership for students or retired: £30
Future Expenditure RaAM prizes Conference bursaries and fee waivers Possible funding for pre-conference workshops Maintenance of the RaAM website Insurance Organization of EC meetings
Current Membership (8 th June 2010) 150 members Of whom: 65 students 80 senior members 5 are retired
Conference Secretary’s report 1.RaAM Seminar 2011 To be held in Toledo (Spain), May 2011: Local organisers Rosario Caballero and Javier Diaz Vera 2. RaAM Conference 2012 To be held at the University of Lancaster (UK) 4th-7th July 2012. Local organisers Elena Semino and Veronika Koller 3.Feedback from delegates at RaAM events Online survey to be completed within one month of the conference, please!
attended EC8 meeting & conferred by e-mail with rest of EC about various subjects answered e-mails about subjects such as RaAM student membership, upcoming PLDO election, benefits of RaAM, etc. sent out e-mail requests for contributions to RaAM website, PhD database, RaAM newsletter, Facebook Group, etc. updated RaAM Student Web Page together with Tony Berber Sardinha created & monitored RaAM Facebook Group
as member of the LOC for RaAM8: jointly responsible for organizing PhD bursaries, PhD conference prize, PhD lottery, accommodation, and pre-conference tutorials answered questions & sent out regular updates about PhD- related RaAM8 info contact with bursary applicants about requirements, registration, visa contact with conference prize nominees prepared a PhD event for RaAM8
Newsletter editor’s report The planning, compilation and distribution of the newsletter have gone smoothly overall. I get some information and items from members, but, ideally, more should be elicited. Squibs may be hard to include regularly, without more encouragement. I have received little feedback so far, so I don’t know whether members read the newsletter and find it useful. It is clear that members prefer to receive the newsletter as part of an email, as well as being able to access it on the website.
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